Chaletsky, David Michael, MD

David Michael Chaletsky, MD

Gastroenterology

Location Information

  • Connecticut GI, PC
    6 Northwestern Drive Suite 302
    Bloomfield, CT 06002

    860.243.5600

    Fax: 860.243.3047

  • Hartford Hospital GI Endoscopy Center and Advanced Procedures
    85 Jefferson Street 3rd Floor Suite 300
    Hartford, CT 06106

    860.545.2785

  • Hartford HealthCare Digestive Health Center
    10 Jolley Drive Suite 101
    Bloomfield, CT 06002

    860.286.2470

  • Connecticut GI, PC
    445 South Main Street
    West Hartford, CT 06107

    860.657.1920

    Fax: 860.657.1925

  • Connecticut GI, PC
    300 Western Boulevard Suite B
    Glastonbury, CT 06033

    860.657.1920

    Fax: 860.657.1925

  • Hartford Hospital GI Endoscopy Unit
    85 Seymour Street Suite 1000
    Hartford, CT 06106

    860.657.1920

    Fax: 860.246.3691

About David Michael Chaletsky, MD

  • Gender
    Male
  • Language
    English
  • Specialties
    Accepting New Patients

    Gastroenterology

    Not Currently Accepting New Patients

    Internal Medicine

  • Areas of Expertise
    Barrett's Esophagus, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Cancer Screening, Enteroscopy, Esophageal Cancer, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Radiofrequency Ablation, Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy

Hospitals and Organizations

Education

  • FellowshipAlbany Medical Center

    Graduate SchoolBoston University School of Public Health

    Medical SchoolSt. George's University School of Medicine

    ResidencyAlbany Medical Center

    UndergraduateBrandeis University

Bio

A conversation with Dr. David Chaletsky, Gastroenterologist, Hartford Hospital about Treatment Options for Acid Re-flux Disease:

HHC: What is Acid Re-flux? It doesn’t always come in the form of heartburn, is that correct?

A. When acid from the stomach regurgitates up into the esophagus on a regular basis that is the condition called acid re-flux or GERD. It is quite common, occurs for many reasons, and often results in heartburn, but almost half of patients either have no symptoms or atypical issues such as persistent cough, throat clearing, or even chest pain.

HHC: What are the treatment options that Hartford Hospital offers to patients with Acid Re-flux?

A. Standard treatment would be medications either over the counter or prescription, as well as diet modification. This essentially neutralizes the acid but doesn’t fix the underlying problem of re-flux. For patients with severe issues, there are minimally invasive anti-re-flux surgeries that we offer to eliminate the re-flux.

HHC: For those patients with Acid Re-flux, who is at risk for developing esophageal cancer?

A. Everyone with acid re-flux is at risk. That’s why if you do have symptoms, it is important to see your doctor to determine your level of risk and whether you should be screened. Some individuals with a family history of esophagus cancer, long standing re-flux symptoms, and certain other risk factors are at higher risk.

q. How do you screen for possible Pre-cancer?

A. THE BEST METHOD IS A SIMPLE TEST CALLED AN UPPER ENDOSCOPY. A SHORT PROCEDURE PERFORMED BY A GASTROENTEROLOGIST UNDER SEDATION WHICH LOOKS DIRECTLY AT THE LINING OF THE ESOPHAGUS AND CAN ACCURATELY DETECT THE PRESENCE OR ABSENCE OF BARRETT’S ESOPHAGUS – PRE-CANCEROUS TISSUE WHICH, WHEN CAUGHT EARLY ENOUGH, CAN BE TREATED IN ORDER TO PREVENT PROGRESSION TO CANCER.

Q. If a pre-cancerous lesion is detected, what are the treatment options to remove it before turning to cancer?

A. EET – ENDOSCOPIC ERADICATION THERAPY. AT HARTFORD HOSPITAL, WE NAVIGATE OUR PATIENTS THROUGH A COORDINATED, TEAM APPROACH TO COMPLETELY REMOVE THE PRE-CANCROUS AREAS, AND IN SOME CASES WE ARE ABLE TO REMOVE AREAS THAT HAVE ALREADY TURNED CANCEROUS. WE OFFER THE FULL ARRAY OF ABLATION AND ENDOSCOPIC RESECTION TECHNOLOGIES.

Media

Insurance

Aetna, Anthem, Cigna Healthcare, Connecticare, Healthnet, Medicare, Oxford Health Plans, United Healthcare
This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.
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